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Limbo IPA | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Limbo IPALimbo IPA

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A big, mouth-watering IPA, brimming with all the flavors and aromas of the new breed of hops coming from Australia and the Pacific Northwest.

Added by luvbier on 10-12-2013

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Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 1,841
Photo of pdad329
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maybe golf makes it taste better. Had to revise my rating! Nice color in pub pint. Light on the nose, but nice. Good malt, bitter hops, in good balance.

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Photo of chessiejackson
3.17/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Maybe it's just my taste buds, but I didn't particularly like this IPA. Had it both bottled and draft and neither hit me right. Kind of an odd aftertaste.

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Photo of VTBeerDrinker
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Living in West Rutland, VT gives our family the opportunity to visit the Long Trail Pub and Brewery frequently since it's only 30 minutes away. Limbo is definitely near the top of my list of favorite IPAs. It's got a great citrusy flavor and goes down smooth. Fantastic beer!

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What this beer needs to take it to the next level is a more pungent aroma profile. Long Trail is so close to making an amazing beer with this one. I've had it from the bottle poured into a pint glass and from the tap poured into a goblet, and in both cases the aromas were just a little too subtle to bowl me over with hoppy malty goodness up in my face. A dry hopped or cask hopped version of this would be gangbusters.

Update April 2015: maybe they've changed the recipe or maybe it's the glass, but this particular pour I'm having has a lot more dank character in the nose. Pretty big onion note especially as the beer has warmed up a bit and there's air space in the hefe glass this bar poured into it (I know). The flavor has some chive to it which I've not noticed in previous samplings. Pretty tasty stuff.

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Photo of Daktah
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't think of this as a DIPA. It's. It boozy enough to be in that class. As an IPA it is top notch. Smooth, flavorful and balanced. Great beer that I ordered only because it was a "regional" suggestion. Great find.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into trusty tulip. Beautiful golden-orange with lots of threads carbonation bubbling to the surface. Got a few fingers of fluffy white head, which settles to a solid finger of foam and lots of sticky lacing. The carbonation on this thing is ridiculous; it's amazing.
First sniff is fruit and copper. Letting it warm a little after a few initial sips brings a malty/sugary/caramel scent. There seems to be a lot there, but nothing is standing out, the aromas are sublte.
Taste, however, is not. Smooth, juicy, tropical fruit, a little pine but no bitterness. Sweet, malty. Bready. carbonation is still amazing.

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Photo of GFM
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a dense deep amber color. Ample head and resilient lacing that formed rings around the glasses. Very prominent grapefruit scent. Resiny texture. Grapefruit, citrus start to the taste, a little sweetness from the malt backbone and very mild bitterness in the aftertaste. This one surprised me. I hadn't heard of it before I tried it. Excellent. (9.0)

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. Date on bottle is 10/22/14. Not sure how i missed it but it must have gotten buried in cellar during holidays.
Pours a bright clear copper hue and a dense tightly packed bleached white head of 3 cm foams up and fades to a sturdy edge layer. Sipping the beer leaves windowpane lattice and I end up with some wispy islands on the surface.
Aroma is rindy grapefruit and a bit of pine sap mixing, with only mild notes of caramel malt. In general the nose isnt huge on this, maybe bigger if I drank it two months ago? This is as expected a hop forward beer.
First sip reveals an average body with smooth texture and very fine and tingly carbonation.
Flavor is similar to nose with wisps of caramel that concede quickly to some citrusy hops and some grass, with a bit of general astringent bitterness. Very dry finish and lingering vegetal bite after each sip.
No real booze presence that I can detect. A nice fairly easy drinking IPA. Good mix of hop notes and dry finish makes me want to drink more after each sip.

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Photo of Toemas
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Edited review:
Must have been something wrong with that batch.
This bunch Amazing Mango/Passion Fruit(PF) aroma.
This time ... not boozy at all... pre gaming may have had some effect.
very tasty , and fairly light..very drinkable ....

Original Review:
Not as spectacular as anticipated.Good, Solid, as advertised but certainly not outstanding. A little Boozy even for the 7.6.
ok offering from LT not their best work . would not buy again, especially for the price.the dos corazons from MI is a better choice.

Final result: Better than the Bell's as orig stated. warming up for second review may have had huge effects on different reviews. Still too expensive. Might be cheaper at 7-11,mine might actually get this, the dude knows.

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Photo of Triple_Seven
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a pleasant surprise!! Strong smell of grapefruit... Love everything about this IPA! Best offering by Long Trail to date in my opinion. The 7.6% ABV is well hidden. Will certainly buy again and recommend to anyone who enjoys IPA's.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 7.6% abv

Appearance- Pours a medium amber with a slight bit of haze. Pronounced fluffy 2 finger head.

Smell- Grapefruit and mango make the the strong citrus notes. Some pine as well mixed with sweet malt. Very nice.

Taste- Sweet malt on the slightly caramel side blends nicely into a citrus mix of orange, mango, and pineapple. The bitterness comes after, but is very smooth and blends about with the sweetness. Hops and the malt make a great showing.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with lively carbonation and fresh to the palate.

Overall- An excellent IPA. Full of fresh sweet citric flavors and fresh hop characteristics. Full of complexity. Well crafted and a must try.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly surprised by this one. Nice nose with a unique flavor profile, while not departing from its intended style. Still, there was something slightly off; something I experience with a lot of LT beers. Nevertheless, definitely worth drinking more than once.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into FW Teku.

Bright golden orange body with snow white head.

Pungent tropical fruit aromas and winter fruit. Zesty, fresh citrus and pineapple with touches of bubble gum.

Body is a bit aqueous with a mellow bitter for the style and lots of fruit flavor on the mid palate and in the finish.

Look for a touch drier in the style and some more carbonation, but those minor things not withstanding Limbo is a terrific fruity and enjoyable go to IPA.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, dated 10/02/14
appears a bright golden color, with frothy off-white head. decent lacing. aroma is a bit fruity, hoppy. lightly sweet bready malt flavor support the hops. average mouthfeel.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA
Pours a beautiful golden hue with plenty of carbonation and a 2 finger head.
The nose is grapefruit and tangerine. The grapefruit takes over on the tongue.
Great citrus finish,
Overall an excellent IPA. Great job Long Trail.

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Photo of jbredbeard
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Citrus aroma hits you right in the face followed by good, clean citrusy hops up front and a smooth bitter finish that is also refreshing. Great beer!

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Photo of farrago
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Little over a finger of eggshell white foam, mostly even surface with a couple of islands of larger bubbles, leaves behind long, thin streaks of sticky lacing, Cloudy orange rust to yellow hued liquid, fully opaque with a large amount of muscular bubbles swirling upwards. Wisely starts off with sweeter orange, tangerine citrus which sets you at ease before leafy herbal matter, pretzel dough, pepper, pine cones and iron flecks exercise themselves, the pineapple, nectarine, passion fruit has bite but too little juice to really soak into the nostrils. Medium-bodied, the carbonation tends to firm it up more than lift. The grapefruit, lemon, sour orange citrus really revs it up as does the pine. More muted floral aspect softens the contours, biscuit actually sweetens it. Maybe at times a sprinkle of cocoa and then caramel. Sticks to the palate pretty well. Still, dryness of finish truncates the peach, nectarine, pineapple fruit, no one is gonna confuse this with Lagunitas. Not really that herbaceous but it is soapy at moments. Whatever flaws it may have, it handles itself confidently and doesn’t push the envelope too far and thus you could easily not notice putting back 3-4 of them in an evening.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Consumed straight from a bottle; I know it's heresy but i was served it as a guest.

From what I have seen in pictures it appears to be orange. I can't accurately comment on this aspect. Even out of the bottle I get some tropical fruit, some pineapple, fresh citrus, and maybe a bit of mango, on the nose. On the palate I get the pinnacle of balance in an ipa. Juicy, tropical fruits come through at the forefront followed up the the slightest but appropriate balance of some pale caramel malts, and maybe a bit of a bready flavor. I was not expecting something like this from Long Trail at all. Highly recommend it; it's easily one of the better IPAs I've ever had. I would definitely consider buying this again and enjoying the full experience in a snifter or tulip.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden and with a blush on it. Orangey . Creamy head of foam and this resembles a ripe apricot in the glass. Lovely. Nose is sweet fruit nectar and honey. Candied fruit peel, perfume from floral, fresh orange and dry cracker malt. Drinks well, with a good balance and some brash malt. Earthy pine and a somewhat pungent herbal finish this one. Moderate bitter that takes good hold. Mouthfeel is soft but there are a few bubbles.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great beer! grapefruity hoppy I love it! I heard this was made by the same brew master as heady topper.....I dont know if that is true but it is wonderful beer!

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Photo of threeviews
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler obtained at the brewery one day prior into a Spiegelau IPA Glass. (I failed to ask when this particular batch was kegged, but I can only assume it was uber fresh).

A- Pours a hazy, sunset orange color with a 1-1/2 finger soapy, white head. Based on the beautiful lacing left behind after each sip shows the aggressive hopping regiment of Limbo. (4.75)

S- Pithy aromas of Pine, Tropical Fruit (Passionfruit, Mango, Papaya), Lemon/Lime Zest and Mint all battle out for dominance. Surprisingly absent in the nose is the familiar grapefruit citrus aroma I find in a majority of IPA's. (4.75)

T- A slap of citrus rind bitterness hits first, followed by a wave of sweetness that is equal parts malt and tropical fruit. A tacky, resiny feeling follows the malt and tropical sweetness which lingers, but a fleshy, orange sweetness is the last the flavor detected on the palate. Despite the calculated 80 IBU's, the 'juicy' finish is very unexepected, yet welcome change from many other IPA's flooding the market. (4.75)

M- Although far from a sipper, Limbo is medium bodied and drinks heavier than advertised 7.6% ABV. (4.25)

O- Although I'm certain there will be many that disagree, Limbo reminds me (in aroma, flavor and mouthfeel) of another well-received Vermont IPA in Lawson's 'Sip Of Sunshine.' That said, Limbo is undoubtedly THE beer that will force many a seasoned craft beer enthusiast (fond of IPA's, of course) to take another look at Long Trail Brewing Co. They have re-branded their packaging, are barrel aging and continually release new beers under their 'Brown Bag' series...many of which are quite good. I am impressed with how far Long Trail has matured in the last 2 years. (4.75)

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Photo of Patbrown2
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Sampled 12/12/14 bottle-dated 10/22/14

Really want to try this from tap. Previous reviews speak of tropical and citrus tastes, which is right up my alley. But flavor was muted to me

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Photo of puboflyons
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

From the 12 fl. oz bottle dated 9/26/14. Sampled on December 7, 2014

Hazy bronze-amber pour with yellow hues and a cream colored head. Slow upward bound carbonation bubbles.

Lovely floral and resiny hop character with those caramel malts in the aroma.

Medium to full body and smooth.

Roasted malts up front quickly overtaken by the resiny, floral hops that leave a modest bitterness at the finish but not for long. A really solid IPA

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: an attractive combination of tropical fruit, pine, and floral hops;

T: follows the nose up front; at mid-palate, it's citrusy with some tropical fruit and it stays that way through the moderately bitter, long lasting finish;

M: light to medium bodied; low to moderate carbonation;

O: complex; very hoppy aroma and flavor; a little thin for the style; very interesting and enjoyable;

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Photo of JAFoley
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Clear copper body with bubbly off-white head. Very good retention and lacing.

S - Floral hops and malt

T - Pine and floral bitterness, grapefruit and lemon grass. Toasted malts with alcohol spiciness.

M - Medium body with moderate/high carbonation. Slick and refreshing.

O - This was a real surprise. Lots of great flavors, nice and bitter, and very drinkable.

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Limbo IPA from Long Trail Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.
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